The holy basil or thulasi holds a special place in the herbal world. Along with its medicinal properties, it also has a spiritual dimension, which brings together people from north to south and east to west.
The ordinary villagers in India know of the spiritual significance of thulasi. The Vedas contains notes of this herb. Thulasi is mentioned in the folklore and myths of India.
Thulasi is called Brinda in Sanskrit language. Bagvan Krishna’s abode is called Brindhavanam. The Indian women consider thulasi as a symbol of prosperity. Young women here believe that those who worship thulasi in the prescribed manner will be married soon.
Even these days you can find traditional Brahmin houses in India have a separate altar for the thulasi in their backyard where it is worshipped everyday. Garlands made of thulasi decorate Sri Mahavishnu’s chest, and he likes it a lot.
Needless to say the exceptional medicinal properties of thulasi gives it the prime place in the herbal as well as spiritual world.
All parts of the thulasi plant have medicinal value. Both Siddha and Ayurveda systems utilize thulasi to treat various diseases.
Subsequent posts will detail some of the remedies using thulasi for treating various ailments.
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